Athletico Paranaense vs River Plate Prediction & Match Preview

Athletico Paranaense vs River Plate
CONMEBOL Recopa Sudamericana
Date: Thursday, 23 May 2019
Kick-Off 01:30 UK / 02:30 CET
Venue: Arena da Baixada (Curitiba).

Copa Sudamericana champions Athletico Paranaense will play host to Copa Libertadores winners in the first leg of the CONMEBOL Recopa Sudamericana tie on Wednesday evening at Arena da Baixada. The hosts will be looking for their inaugural Recopa Sudamericana trophy, while the Argentine heavyweights collected four so far, including two in back-to-back 2015 and 2016 campaigns.

Furacao have already faced River’s biggest rivals Boca Juniors in the group phase of this edition of Copa Libertadores. They finished the Group G as runners-up just to Boca after losing the last round fixture 2-1 away at Xeneize.

The head coach Thiago Nunes has reasons to be worried for his team’s lack of attacking creativity in recent ties. Athletico Paranaense only managed to score one goal in last three matches, a streak which includes a 0-2 home loss to Corinthians in the previous round of Serie A.

Athletico Paranaense vs River Plate: Head-to-head

These two likes only had the chance to come across each other once in the last.

The occasion was last 32 round of Copa Sudamericana.

Paranaense advanced 3-2 on aggregate thanks to a 0-1 away win in Buenos Aires (the rematch ended in a 2-2 draw on the Brazilian soil).

Athletico Paranaense vs River Plate: Prediction

Much like their counterparts, River Plate came second in their respective Copa Libertadores group. They won two and drew four of six matches to finish runners-up to Brazilian Internacional in Group A. Los Millonarios were eliminated in the Argentinian Copa de la Superliga quarter-final on the away goal rule to Athletico Tucuman (4-4 on aggregate).

The poor away display (a 3-0 loss) caused an unexpected elimination. Nevertheless, Marcelo Gallardo’s men managed to lift the atmosphere with a 4-1 victory in the reverse fixture at Estadio Monumental. The visitors certainly had more time to prepare for this Recopa Sudamericana final as the season in Argentinian Superliga will not begin any time soon.

River are worth backing not to lose at the odds of 1.57, while braver tipsters can shoot for the draw at 2.90.

Athletico Paranaense vs River Plate Bet Tips

  • River Plate or Draw @ 1.57 (4/7)
  • Draw @ 2.90 (19/10).